His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Colonel of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) yesterday (12 June) presented Operational Service Medals to personnel at their base in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany following their successful return from Operation Herrick 19.
The Attack helicopter flight line at Camp Bastion was a hive of activity 24/7 throughout Operation Herrick. “The gun was our weapon of choice; it can be engaged quickly and accurately. You just kept your eyes on target.”
Several Apaches were hit by Taliban fire in Afghanistan but none badly enough to bring down the helicopter. Aircrews constantly revised their tactics during Operation Herrick to counter the threats, which also saw the introduction of a number of upgrades to the Attack Helicopter Force.